The Orioles have expressed interest in veteran designated hitter and free agent David Ortiz according to Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. Ortiz’s agent, Fern Cuza had a meeting with the Orioles on Tuesday night after meeting with the Red Sox about a potential return in 2012.
Ortiz has been outspoken about wanting to return to the Red Sox. The Boston Herald reports that Ortiz has said that he will give the BoSox a chance to match any offer he receives from another team. One of those offers could come from the Orioles.
Adding a true DH and a guy that has proven that he can hit balls over the right field wall at Camden Yards would be a great move for new GM Dan Duquette and the Orioles. Ortiz is coming off a strong year in which he finished with a .309 average, 29 home runs and 96 RBI. When you compare that to Vladimir Guerrero who hit .290 with 13 homers and 63 RBI, it appears to be a significant improvement. The O’s gave Vladdy $8 million last year while Ortiz made $12.5 million. If Baltimore can lock up Ortiz at a decent price, I’m all for it.
I know Orioles fans probably aren’t excited about bringing in a guy they have rooted against for the last nine years, but a smart business move could make them easily forgot.
Although how awkward would it be between David Ortiz and Kevin Gregg in the locker room?